University of Limerick Smarter Travel was one of the winners at this year’s Road Safety Authority (RSA) ‘Leading Lights in Road Safety’ Awards. They were presented with their awards by RSA Chairperson Liz O’Donnell at the awards ceremony which was held in Farmleigh on Wednesday 9 December.
The awards ceremony was hosted by RTÉ News Western Reporter, Teresa Mannion, fresh from her reporting on Storm Desmond, where a total of 24 individuals and organisations were honoured for their commitment and dedication to road safety in categories including media, education, business, emergency services and public sector.
Winners of the ‘Education – Third Level’ Award, UL Smarter Travel is an initiative designed to promote sustainable travel behaviour such as walking, cycling, taking the bus and car sharing, among the 15,000 UL staff and students. During Orientation Week in UL this year, 4,500 students visited the Smarter Travel Stall to learn more about sustainable travel. Through other activities such as free bike checks, cycle training, free high vis and bike lights, the team helps to ensure there is a continuous presence of road safety throughout the campus.
Teresa Mannion explained that “this initiative had a direct impact on the safety of thousands of vulnerable road users and has helped to ensure there’s a continuous daily presence of road safety throughout the UL Campus.”
Interviewed afterwards, Ross Higgins, Travel and Transport Coordinator said “The University is committed to promoting smarter travel and has achieved successes in terms of a modal shift away from car-based commuting by staff and student over the last few years but safety comes first in all promotions.”
Seán Collins, UL Smarter Travel Coordinator, also mentioned that “Our initiatives are designed to be replicable in other third level institutions across the country which, in turn, we hope will make Irish roads safer for all users.”